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UCLA Graduate Division

2014-2015 Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees

Applicable only to students admitted during the 2014-2015 academic year.


John E. Anderson School of Management

Graduate Degrees

The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Management, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree, and the Master of Financial Engineering (M.F.E.) degree. In addition, there are a number of degree programs, offered in cooperation with other graduate and professional degree programs on campus, that lead to the M.B.A. and another degree. The school also offers the Executive M.B.A. Program (EMBA) and the M.B.A. for the Fully Employed (FEMBA).

Master's Degree

Master of Business Administration

Admissions Requirements 


Small group information sessions are offered by the M.B.A. Admissions Office several days a week, year-round, on an appointment basis. To arrange attendance, students should sign up online at the school's website. Outside of the management core, which provides a broad general management perspective, students may emphasize one or more area(s) of study to coincide with their academic and career interests. Academic advisers assist students in planning appropriate programs.

Areas of Study

Accounting; Consulting; Corporate Finance; Entertainment, Entrepreneurship; Finance; Global Management; Health Care; Hi-Tech; Investment Management; Marketing; Sustainability; Real Estate. For additional information, students should consult the school's website.

Foreign Language Requirement


Course Requirements

The five required elements of the M.B.A. program are the management core, Leadership Foundations, the advanced electives, the international requirement and the Applied Management Research project. The management core courses teach the fundamental techniques and disciplines which underlie the practice of management. Advanced electives provide specialized knowledge and skills for one or more fields of management work. The international requirement recognizes the importance of a global perspective. The Applied Management Research project allows an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the program to strategic issues in real organizations. A total of 90 units of coursework is required for the degree.

Management Core. The management core consists of nine courses (Management 402, 403, 405, 408, 409, 410, 411, 420, and 421A/B) on subjects basic to the practice of management. Students must maintain a 3.0 (B) overall average in the management core courses.

Advanced Electives. These courses are chosen by students from the management curriculum area or interdisciplinary studies courses to focus on one or more fields of specialization. Up to twelve units of free electives may be selected from any University department, subject only to general University regulations. A maximum of eight units of Management 596 courses may be applied toward the 90-unit requirement for the degree. These courses count as free electives. Fieldwork courses (Management 451, 452, 453, and 454) are offered for unit credit, but these courses will not be applied toward the 90-unit requirement.

International Requirement. Students fulfill the international requirement in one of three ways: (1) take at least one course from a list of approved Management international electives (including, but not restricted to, Management 205A, 234A, 234B, 240F, 240G, 253, 261B, 296A, 297A, 297B, 297C, 297D, 297E, 406, or 458), (2) spend a term abroad through an approved international exchange, or (3) complete an approved international Applied Management Research project (approval required prior to the start of the project).

Applied Management Research Project. A two-term project in the second year, Applied Management Research is the final, professional requirement of the M.B.A. program. Teams of M.B.A. students complete an original applied research project that integrates and expands students' capacity to solve complex business problems. Each team chooses a project from among three options: (1) Management Field Study, (2) Business Creation, or (3) Special Project.

At least 90 units of work toward the degree must be completed in residence in the full time MBA program at UCLA. In special cases, up to 8 units of graduate work taken elsewhere and not used toward another degree may, via petition, be counted toward the free electives component of the 90-unit total.

Teaching Experience

Not Required.

Field Experience

Candidates for the M.B.A. program are required to do a minimum one-quarter internship with a company in their proposed area of study (e.g. finance, marketing, consulting).  The summer between the first and second years is the preferred time to satisfy this requirement; however, internships may be pursued during the Fall, Winter or Spring terms.  Candidates should wait until their second quarter in the M.B.A. program to begin satisfying this requirement.  Candidates should expect to devote at least 80 hours during the term to their internship, and should be prepared to provide regular activity reports to their faculty advisor.  Candidates will have their fieldwork experiences evaluated by their faculty advisor through enrollment in Management 454. Evaluation may consist of any combination of written or oral presentations.  Candidates considering entrepreneurial ventures may also discuss their plans with the M.B.A. Program Associate Dean in order to develop alternative fieldwork opportunities. 

Comprehensive Examination Plan

The comprehensive examination requirement is fulfilled by completing the two-quarter Applied Management Research Project.

Thesis Plan



The full-time M.B.A. must be completed within two calendar years of admission. The minimum time required to complete the M.B.A. program is six quarters.

Termination of Graduate Study and Appeal of Termination

University Policy

A student who fails to meet the above requirements may be recommended for termination of graduate study. A graduate student may be disqualified from continuing in the graduate program for a variety of reasons. The most common is failure to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average (3.00) required by the Academic Senate to remain in good standing (some programs require a higher grade point average). Other examples include failure of examinations, lack of timely progress toward the degree and poor performance in core courses. Probationary students (those with cumulative grade point averages below 3.00) are subject to immediate dismissal upon the recommendation of their department. University guidelines governing termination of graduate students, including the appeal procedure, are outlined in Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA.

Special Departmental or Program Policy

Regular M.B.A. Program

At the end of the first year, a student who has a grade point average below 3.00 or who has completed fewer than 48 units is subject to a recommendation for termination. The student's records are reviewed by the assistant dean of the program, who makes a recommendation for termination. A student may appeal a recommendation for termination to the dean of the school.

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